Fall TV 2015: What I’m Watching (Thursday Edition)

It’s Fall TV time! As premiere week continues rolling along, I am sharing my list of shows that I’ll be watching and maybe watching each day of the week.

THURSDAYS

  • Sleepy Hollow
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • Scandal
  • Heroes Reborn (NEW)
  • The Big Bang Theory

On Tuesday, I mentioned that at some point, it became the day full of really good TV. On the flip side, I have no idea when Thursdays became so boring. I still have just enough to fill my night, but at the same time you have to wonder: what happened to Must See TV Thursday (I know that was an NBC thing, but I’m applying it to all the networks)?

Now granted, ABC has been doing really well with its TGIT line-up of Shondaland shows, and I plan to still watch Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder (I gave up on Grey’s Anatomy a long time ago). But what else is on Thursday for me? Sleepy Hollow, moved from its former Monday slot; and The Big Bang Theory, which is technically on Mondays right now, until CBS is done airing Thursday Night Football around November, and then it’ll move back to Thursday.

The only kind-of new show is Heroes Reborn, the follow-up limited event series (?) taking place five years after the events of the original series (also, how long it has actually been since the show went off the air). I’m on the fence about the show mainly because of how badly I got burned watching the original series. Like season one was great, then the S1 finale happened, and it was all downhill from there. I didn’t even stick with it to the very end. I went to the SDCC panel for this, and despite how excited they were in trying to convince us that it’s not the same Heroes, I still have my doubts. The big sell for me to watch this follow-up is, without a doubt, Zachary Levi (and then Dylan Bruce). If this turns out to be like S1 Heroes then I am in, but if I see anything that gives me S2-4 vibes, I’m out.

SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 2

Friday, day 2 of Comic-Con, is always filled with awesome stuff, especially on the TV side of things. It was an early start for my cousin and I, as we tried to go for WB signings – me for iZombie (so I could get best of both worlds and not feel bad about missing their panel later to go see Orphan Black) and her for The 100. The last time I tried to do autograph signings was my first year, when I was going for Nikita – didn’t get it then, but tried to remember what I learned 2 years ago for this year. Unfortunately for me, the iZombie wristbands were done about 10 minutes before I got to the front of the line, but still stayed to help out my cousin (she still got it without my help).

After the wristbands, immediately made my way to the Ballroom 20 line because I was worried about getting into the Marvel TV panel later on. When I got into line, it was surprisingly easy as B20 this year gave  letter cards to people in line just to give us an idea of where we were in line. As one of the staff said, they had 1500 cards, but B20 holds 4200 people so it was very likely that we were getting in. So once I got in, found a seat, I settled in for my long day in B20.

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers' Room panel (L-R): EP Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, EP Chuck Lorre, EP Steven Molaro, Kunal Nayyar

Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room panel
(L-R): EP Bill Prady, Mayim Bialik, EP Chuck Lorre, EP Steven Molaro, Kunal Nayyar

The first panel of the day was Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room. This panel, though officially doesn’t include the cast, has always had at least one of the cast members show up as a surprise guest in the past few years. This year saw Kunal Nayyar moderating the panel and then Mayim Bialik showed up as well! Though my interest in the show has sort of been waning, I thoroughly enjoyed the panel, which included the writers talking about how some stories are based from their own random experiences (like the drone episode) and discussing the logistics of past/present/future tense when talking about time travel (in one episode, the guys are shown arguing about Back to the Future’s timeline). There was also a small segment where the writers had come up with their own fan fiction involving Amy and Raj – pretty weird and hilarious.

Falling Skies panel

Falling Skies panel

Next was a bit of deja vu, as I found myself sitting through the Falling Skies and The 100 panels once again, just like last year. Nothing’s changed; panels were cool enough but nothing to make me want to watch the shows (especially The 100, as Falling Skies is wrapping up).

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The 100 panel

Minority Report was next. I was under the impression that we’d be getting the full pilot screening, but instead it was just the first 15 minutes or so. Better than nothing I suppose, but I wanted to see the whole thing! Anyways, the show takes place some 15 years after the film and follows Dash (Stark Sands), one of the Pre-Cog twins who can see crimes before they occur, as he uses his ability to help Detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good) prevent those crimes from happening. From what was shown, it looks very interesting. The future tech also looks really cool, probably even moreso than what they did on Almost Human. Not gonna lie, I was very amused (as always) at seeing Toronto act as Washington, D.C. (although the pilot was filmed here, the rest of the series will film in Vancouver).

Minority Report cast (L-R): Laura Regan, Wilmer Valderrama, Meagan Good, Stark Sands

Minority Report cast
(L-R): Laura Regan, Wilmer Valderrama, Meagan Good, Stark Sands

Then it was finally time for what I was waiting all day for: MARVEL TV with Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD!!! Man, both of the panels were just SO MUCH FUN! There wasn’t actually very much in terms of new info for Agent Carter, except for the basic set-up for season 2. We know that Peggy is called to Hollywood for a case, and though they didn’t go into extreme detail, the writers did mention that it’ll be 1940s Hollywood around the time of the Black Dahlia murder. The SHIELD panel was a lot of joking around, which was expected since it was the entire cast and no writers/producers. It was pretty much them talking about their experiences last season and what they hope to see going forward. They also answered a lot of fan questions, which again, was pretty much expected because what else could they talk about, not knowing what’s actually ahead for their characters? Since the writers were unable to attend because they were hard at work, the panel ended off with a “sneak peak into the writers’ room,” as Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen are seen trying to come up with ideas for next season. The obviously not real footage showed an empty whiteboard on one side of the writers’ room. On the other side? A dartboard with them trying to decide who’s gonna die next season (HA!) There might also have been an appearance by an old castmember at the end of the video, asking the better question of who should come back next season.

Marvel TV panel with Agent Carter (L-R): EP Chris Dingess, EP Tara Butters, EP Michele Fazekas, James D'Arcy, Hayley Atwell

Marvel TV panel with Agent Carter
(L-R): EP Chris Dingess, EP Tara Butters, EP Michele Fazekas, James D’Arcy, Hayley Atwell

Marvel TV panel with Agents of SHIELD (L-R): Luke Mitchell, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg

Marvel TV panel with Agents of SHIELD
(L-R): Luke Mitchell, Henry Simmons, Nick Blood, Adrianne Palicki, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennet, Clark Gregg

As soon as the Marvel TV panel was done, I booked it right across sails to 6BCF because there was one other panel that I really wanted to see – Orphan Black. Before the Con, I was tasked with the decision of choosing between OB and iZombie, which were going to have panels at the exact same time (my only real conflict all weekend). After I didn’t get the signing, I went back to contemplating which panel I should see. In the end, seeing all the Twitter posts with the OB cast, I made the final decision to go see them instead. There was a wait to get into 6BCF, but it was maybe 15 minutes and I was in for Colony, the panel directly preceding OB. Colony is a new show that will air on USA from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Ryan Condal; starring Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Peter Jacobson. We were treated to a 10 minute preview and from the looks of it, it’s a future where “aliens” have invaded Earth (I think, I’m not entirely sure what was going on. What else do you expect from Cuse?)

Colony panel

Colony panel

Anyways, after that panel was done, it was time for Orphan Black! I always love seeing this cast together and so happy that despite the events that occurred during season 3, they still brought Dylan Bruce along for one last SDCC appearance. Plus, Retta moderated the panel! And we got their blooper reel (which was not long enough)! Some highlights included: more twerking from Kristian Bruun, Jordan Gavaris getting momentarily distracted by a service dog, and of course, Tatiana Maslany being cool/awesome Tatiana. I mean, I don’t know what to tell you – the Orphan Black cast is beyond awesome and I just want to be friends with them and hang out with them all the time.

Orphan Black panel (L-R): Moderator Retta, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, EP John Fawcett, EP Graeme Manson

Orphan Black panel
(L-R): Moderator Retta, Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Kristian Bruun, Ari Millen, Dylan Bruce, EP John Fawcett, EP Graeme Manson

The moment when Jordan gets distracted from answering a question because he sees a service dog lol

The moment when Jordan gets distracted from answering a question because he sees a service dog lol

2014 Emmy Award Winners

If you’re a big TV fan like me, the Emmy Awards can be a big deal. It’s the biggest night for our favourite TV shows and actors. At the same time, it’s also the worst night for TV fans because it’s a reminder of all the egregious snubs and the shows/actors who deserve all the awards but aren’t recognized by the TV Academy. I feel this year, more than ever, I have many more issues with the Emmys and the nominations, which I really should have given its own post but will instead combine it with my predictions.

BUT FIRST, let’s talk about some of the awards that were given out at the Creative Arts Emmys last weekend.

  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Jimmy Fallon, SNL: Well deserved! Loved his episode last season (JT being in the episode might’ve helped a little)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black: It’s a little funny how the Emmy rules work seeing as how half the nominees in this category are from OITNB and I would hardly call them “guests.” Whatever.
  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Joe Morton, Scandal: Papa Pope for the win! My only issue with this category? The fact that John frickin’ Noble didn’t get nominated for Sleepy Hollow. I mean, THAT FINALE and THAT MONOLOGUE. I repeat, HOW did John Noble NOT get nominated?
  • Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Allison Janney, Masters of Sex: I don’t watch Masters but really, how can you go wrong with the incredible Allison Janney?
  • Outstanding Choreography – Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo, So You Think You Can Dance: Their fellow nominees were Derek Hough, Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, and Christopher Scott. In all honesty, you couldn’t go wrong with any of them winning. I was pulling for Travis to win though, especially considering Wicked Games was one of the pieces he was nominated for. NappyTabs still deserved the win for the Puttin’ on the Ritz choreo.
  • Outstanding Reality Host – Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night: Jane Lynch is cool, and I love HGN but really? Jane over the INCREDIBLY OVERLOOKED CAT DEELEY???!!! I was upset but ok with Cat losing to Jeff Probst and then Tom Bergeron, but this is just getting ridiculous now.
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama SeriesThe Blacklist: The Blacklist won? For a category that hands down should’ve been given to Arrow, which for some stupid reason wasn’t even nominated?! I had problems in previous years when Nikita wasn’t nominated (and it should’ve!) but Arrow’s season 2 finale should’ve gotten the nod AND win! Total BS!

Now onto the major award winners last night. Let’s me preface all this by saying that I was already displeased with some of the nominations, so how the awards turned out (re: mainly predictable/boring) just made me even more upset.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Louie
  • Modern Family
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Veep

For the fifth year in a row, Modern Family wins. Like SERIOUSLY?! AGAIN?! It is not as funny as it used to be, and there are other shows from this past season that weren’t even nominated, that were funnier than MF has been lately; I bring your attention to – Parks and Recreation, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Trophy Wife, Enlisted. Yup, I yelled expletives.

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • House of Cards
  • Mad Men
  • True Detective

Breaking Bad won! Because it was the best thing on TV, hands down. There’s nothing to be mad about (except the Orphan Black snub, and the Parenthood snub but…)
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Ricky Gervais, Derek
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Admittedly, of all the shows these actors are on, I only watch The Big Bang Theory. But I also have to admit, I wasn’t too thrilled about seeing Jim Parsons win for the third time in this category. Really? Even though I don’t watch, I’ve heard nothing but great things about Louis C.K. and his show Louie – and all he seems to win are the writing awards. I also think it was a shame that Andy Samberg didn’t get nominated for Brooklyn Nine-Nine, especially considering he won the Golden Globe in the category (granted, there’s no direct correlation between the awards, but he won! That should’ve counted for something, no?) Adam Scott should’ve also been nominated for a great season of Parks and Recreation.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
  • Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

I’m not sure who else I wanted to be nominated in the category, but all I know is that I wanted Amy Poehler to win. Alas, it didn’t happen. Because Julia Louis-Dreyfus won AGAIN. I don’t watch Veep, though I’ve heard great things about it, and I’m sure JLD very much deserves the win, but COME ON! How has Amy not won anything, save for the Golden Globe win back in January? Actually, you know what, I know who else I would’ve liked to see get a nod – Malin Akerman for Trophy Wife, who was wonderful in that show, and the always awesome Mindy Kaling for The Mindy Project.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Woody Harrelson, True Detective
  • Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Tough category guys, though let’s be real, it came down to Bryan Cranston and Matthew McConaughey. An Emmy win for Matthew would’ve really capped off a tremendous year, what with winning an Oscar earlier this year. But it’s Bryan ‘Motherfuckin’ Cranston! For the final season of Breaking Bad! It was a close one indeed. Poor Jon Hamm though, always nominated and never winning – maybe next year? One thing’s for sure, I frickin’ need to see Matthew Rhys nominated for The Americans next year – incredibly overlooked.

OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Kerry Washington, Scandal
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards

TATIANA MASLANY WAS SNUBBED! She plays how many different characters in one show? And does it so well that you forget she is only one actress? HOW DOES SHE NOT GET NOMINATED, LET ALONE WIN???!!!! Proof that I love my spies, Keri Russell for The Americans and Maggie Q for Nikita (even if Maggie was a longshot) deserved nods as well. For a second (a very quick second) I thought maybe Kerry Washington would win, but I figured history wasn’t going to be made on this most predictable of nights. I am happy to see that Julianna Margulies won though, for what was an incredible year on The Good Wife.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Fred Armisen, Portlandia
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Adam Driver, Girls
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Tony Hale, Veep

Supporting Actor in a Comedy has always been a tough category, especially when all four of the Modern Family guys were nominated. This year the MF stranglehold loosened up a bit, but obviously not enough since Ty Burrell won again, his third win in the category. Ever heard of spreading the love, Emmys? I mean if someone from MF HAD to win, why couldn’t they give it to Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who has yet to win? And that doesn’t even get to who else should’ve gotten a nod. Albert Tsai from Trophy Wife (Bertwheels!)? Parker Young from Enlisted? Simon Helberg or Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory? Danny Pudi from Community? NICK OFFERMAN for Parks and Recreation?! So many possibilities and yet we end with the same result.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Anna Chlumsky, Veep
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black

At least MF didn’t win? Like I said before, I like Allison Janney and you really can’t go wrong with her winning, I just don’t watch Mom. I wish Marcia Gay Harden had gotten a nod (however much of a long shot it was) for Trophy Wife, because anybody who actually watched the show can attest to how scary good she was as steely Diane.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
  • Josh Charles, The Good Wife
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
  • Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Aaron Paul completely and utterly deserved the award, despite him not being given all that much (in comparison to previous years) in the too awesome for words final season of Breaking Bad. I think I would’ve liked to see Josh Charles win, because even from what little I caught of The Good Wife, he was pretty awesome. But again, not mad that Aaron Paul won (YEAH BITCH!). Still upset Jordan Gavaris didn’t get nominated for Orphan Black though. Also, it did kind of bug me that Dean Norris didn’t get nominated for his role in Breaking Bad because he did a fantastic job in those early episodes of the season when Hank finds out about Walter and is trying to take him down.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
  • Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

Two years in a row for Anna Gunn! It was a nice surprise to see Lena Headey get nominated for Game of Thrones, but without a doubt, Anna Gunn held her own against Bryan Cranston in the final season. May I ask though, what’s with all the Downton Abbey love? Surely there were other actresses who deserved to get nominated? Bellamy Young on Scandal anyone? (Hi Drunk Mellie!) Or the wonderful actresses on Parenthood??!!

OUTSTANDING REALITY-COMPETITION SERIES

  • The Amazing Race
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

Aaaannnndddd we’re back to The Amazing Race winning the category again. I love TAR but maybe it’s about time to pull yourself out of the race? I wanted desperately to see SYTYCD win, just to show Fox a vote of confidence so that they’ll renew the show and not have it be so much on the bubble. Also, what’s up with Survivor not getting nominated? It’s been on a total roll lately.

So there you have it, this year’s Emmy Award winners. More of the same. If you won before, you were than likely to win again! Even if there were some puzzling surprises in last year’s winners, at least there were surprises to keep things interesting! This year was just a whole other level of puzzling madness/blandness with the winners and nominees. One of the good things about this year? Seth Meyers did a good job as host, and bringing along his other funny friends to present and whatnot, at least made for some funny bits between the awards. Also, Sara Bareilles performing “Smile” was a beautiful tribute to those in the industry we lost in the past year.

STEP UP YOUR GAME NEXT YEAR, EMMY AWARDS AND THE TV ACADEMY! None of this, more of the same crap, okay?

2012 Emmy Nominations (and Snubs!)

This morning, nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced. As usual, for any TV fan, it was a mixed bag, with expected nods, some welcome (and unwelcome) surprises, and frustrating snubs. A rundown of the big categories, plus my thoughts.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Girls
  • 30 Rock
  • Veep
  • Modern Family
  • The Big Bang Theory

What is normally a category where the network shows prevail, this year finds half of the nominees being cable shows, and I don’t watch a single one of those cable shows. I do however watch Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, and Community (among other shows), all of which are smart, funny, creative, and downright incredible, which makes their snubs so wrong. Not to mention, P&R was nominated last year, so how did it get bumped out this year, when it was even funnier than last?

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Breaking Bad
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • Homeland
  • Mad Men

Not one single network show is nominated here. Really, it is times like this that I wish there were separate categories for cable and network shows because it’s not that network shows aren’t up to par with the cables (hello, The Good Wife and Fringe! And I don’t care what you think but Nikita deserves some recognition too!), but cable has more flexibility in what they can air. I’ll admit the only show nominated that I’ve watched is Game of Thrones, but I am determined to watch Homeland and catching up on Breaking Bad before the award show. I am surprised that some of the big network hits from this past season – Revenge, Once Upon A Time – didn’t sneak in there somehow (I suppose one is considered too soap-y, and the other is a fantasy, which obviously means you get no recognition unless you’re on HBO and you are GoT.)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
  • Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

I’m sure I’m in the minority when it comes to not liking New Girl, so please forgive me for saying that I don’t get all the love for Zooey Deschanel. As far as I’m concerned, Amy Poehler needs to win this! Though it would’ve been nice if Kaley Cuoco got nominated for The Big Bang Theory. Also, again, where is the love for Courtney Cox?!

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
  • Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

It was a pleasant surprise to see Don Cheadle get in here for House of Lies. I admit to trying to watch the show when it debuted, but eventually felt that it just wasn’t for me. I, however, don’t understand how Jon Cryer keeps getting nominated. Really? Two and Half Men isn’t even that funny (to me anyways, and I am easily amused). Biggest snub here is that the ALWAYS funny Joel McHale isn’t nominated for Community. Unless Louis C.K. can pull out the win (which he has been getting rave reviews for), I seriously think Jim Parsons is going to earn his 3rd Emmy.

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
  • Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
  • Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
  • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

I must say a big congrats to Mayim Bialik for being the first female castmember from Big Bang Theory to get a nod. However, it is a damn shame that the ladies from Happy Endings and Community did not get any recognition. And what’s this, Desperate Housewives was considered a comedy? Shows you how long it’s been since I paid attention to DH.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
  • Max Greenfield, New Girl
  • Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live

Arguably the most competitive category at the Emmys. It makes it all the more difficult when one show has a stranglehold on 4 of the nomination slots. Don’t get me wrong, as much as I love Modern Family and all the actors, I hardly think that ALL four of the MF men were funnier than all the actors that got snubbed. I’m talking the likes of Nick Offerman (he’s Ron freakin’ Swanson!), Danny Pudi, and Damon Wayans Jr., not to mention their other respective castmembers. And how about Neil Patrick Harris or even Jason Segel from How I Met Your Mother?

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
  • Glenn Close, Damages
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
  • Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men

Claire Danes was the absolute lock for a nomination here, and probably the favourite to win. That doesn’t mean it hurts any less to not see Anna Torv nominated for Fringe or even a longer shot, Maggie Q for Nikita (I dare you to watch 2×19 Wrath and not say that Maggie wasn’t absolutely incredible in that episode).

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Damian Lewis, Homeland
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter

So now that Breaking Bad is back in the running this year, can we just assume that Bryan Cranston will probably win again? Although this year, he does have some major competition from Damian Lewis, who has been getting rave reviews for his role in Homeland. Surprising omission would have to be no Hugh Laurie for the final season on House. And would you look at that? All the actors nominated are for cable shows…

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
  • Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
  • Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

How is it that every year, once I get to this category, I have nothing to say? Maybe because I don’t/haven’t watched any of the shows these talented actresses are being nominated for. I have however, watched a few episodes of The Good Wife, while it’s been on re-runs this summer, and from what I’ve seen, it completely deserves all the accolades it gets. One actress who was snubbed in this category is, without a doubt, Madeleine Stowe for Revenge, who showed so many nuances to her character, not to mention she had some of the best passive-aggressive lines in the show.

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
  • Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
  • Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Jared Harris, Mad Men

Let me get this out of the way first: HOW IS JOHN NOBLE NOT NOMINATED???!!!! I don’t understand how the Emmys continue to not recognize the amazing work that John Noble does on Fringe. I don’t get it! Moving on…I can only comment on Peter Dinklage’s nomination because that’s the only show I watch. But from what I’ve heard, Giancarlo Esposito was a great baddie on Breaking Bad.

BEST REALITY COMPETITION SHOW

  • The Amazing Race
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • The Voice
  • Top Chef

Well, would you look at that? American Idol gets bumped out, making room for The Voice to get in on the competition. Will it have what it takes to beat out The Amazing Race? I’m not sure. TAR is coming off of 2 back-to-back ‘meh’ seasons so there’s a chance we might have a new winner (my hope is for SYTYCD after its amazing 8th season). But no one can do what TAR does, traveling around the world at such a quick pace and capturing it all, which is why it’s won 8 out of 9 times in the category.

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

  • Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
  • Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance

Here’s the real shocker: after winning all 4 Emmys in the category since its inception, Jeff Probst isn’t even nominated this year! I love Probst and what he does on Survivor, which makes me a little sad that he didn’t get nominated. But I kind of quickly got over it, when I realized that means someone else gets to win…GO CAT DEELEY!!

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Stacey Tookey, SYTYCD: In This Shirt / Turning Tables / Heart Asks For Pleasure First
  • Christopher Scott, SYTYCD: Misty Blue/ Velocity
  • Spencer Liff, SYTYCD: Whatever Lola Wants / Please Mr. Jailor / Where Do I Begin
  • Joshua Bergasse, Smash: National Pastime / Let’s Be Bad / Never Met A Wolf
  • Travis Wall & Teddy Forance, DWTS: Without You

I knew Travis was going to be nominated again this year, but I honestly had my bets on it being for SYTYCD (can we just marvel at the awesomeness that was “Turn to Stone”?), not DWTS for the Shaping Sound performance. Regardless, it was well deserved. Add to that however, I am little surprised it wasn’t an actual ballroom routine that was nominated for DWTS. I was kind of hoping that Derek Hough and Allison Holker’s flamenco/jazz/fusion routine from last fall would’ve been nominated, because that was just breathtakingly incredible. All the routines nominated are so great it’s hard to pick who should win, but I think I’m going to have to give the edge to Stacey Tookey.

Other notables:

  • Jason Ritter is nominated for Best Guest Actor in a Drama for Parenthood! Yay Parenthood!
  • Uma Thurman nominated for Best Guest Actress in a Drama for Smash? Ermm…
  • Community wasn’t completely shut out, as writer Chris McKenna received a nod for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy for the episode, Remedial Chaos Theory.
  • Can we also note how only one of the nominees in the Writing for a Comedy category is actually nominated for Best Comedy (Girls)? Not even Modern Family got nominated here! While Parks and Recreation (2x), Community, and Louie did.  How does that make sense?
  • Oh Glee…so promising in your first season, and now nominated for only 3 awards – Cinematography, Makeup, and Guest Actress (Dot-Marie Jones)
  • Ashley Judd got nominated in the Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries for Missing?
  • Once Upon A Time did get nods in a few technical categories – Costumes, Prosthetic Makeup, and Visual Effects. If it doesn’t win for at least Costumes, that’s a travesty.
  • Even Pan Am got nominated for a few technicals. What the heck?

That’s all folks. Overall, I’m a little disappointed in the nominees, if only because more of my favourites didn’t get nominated.  Such is the TV addict’s life.

This year’s Emmy Awards airs Sunday, September 23rd on ABC, and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

For a complete list of all the nominees, head on over to the official Emmy website.

2011 Emmy Nominations (and Snubs)

It was bound to happen, but regardless of who actually did get nominated, I knew I was going to be really upset over the snubs. Let’s just get the biggest snub out of the way first: What do the actors and writers of Fringe have to do to get nominated??!! I know Emmys aren’t very fond of sci-fi shows but COME ON! Fringe is so much more than just a sci-fi show! How do you deny such incredible writing and wonderful acting???!!! HOW????!!!! I’m so not gonna let this one go.

Anyways, moving on to the actual nominees.

BEST COMEDY

  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • The Office
  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock

Simply put, I am so happy that TBBT got nominated – well deserved. Also happy, even though I haven’t watched it yet, for Parks. As always though, I do wish Community and How I Met Your Mother had been nominated. As much as I love The Office, the past season was kinda meh and I heard 30 Rock wasn’t all that great this season either, so yeah.

BEST DRAMA

  • Boardwalk Empire
  • Dexter
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • Mad Men

As I’ve said before, I don’t tend to watch a lot of drama shows. I tried watching Mad Men, wasn’t for me. Never got around to watching Boardwalk or FNL or Good Wife. I’m slowly catching up on Dexter, but I’m not quite on S5 yet, so I can’t judge it either. Thrones, however, I have watched and I very much enjoyed it. It was a little slow in parts of the first half but by the end, I was definitely hooked. Wish Fringe would’ve been nominated though….(and there I go again)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Louis C.K, Louie
  • Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory
  • Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Happy surprise! Johnny Galecki being nominated alongside Jim Parsons! Also got 2 other newbies (as in different from last year), Louis C.K and Matt LeBlanc in shows I haven’t watched. It’s a nice little variety with old and new, but without a doubt, Joel McHale should’ve been included.

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

  • Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
  • Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
  • Michael C. Hall, Dexter
  • Jon Hamm, Mad Men
  • Hugh Laurie, House
  • Timothy Olyphant, Justified

Can’t say much here, but I swear by the time the actual awards come around I will have finished getting through all the seasons of Dexter and Justified. Wish Peter Krause was nominated for Parenthood though.

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Tina Fey, 30 Rock
  • Laura Linney, The Big C
  • Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
  • Martha Plimpton, Raising Hope
  • Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

Surprised and not surprised that Lea Michele wasn’t nominated. Two people who really should’ve been nominated though? Courtney Cox for Cougar Town (again, HOW has she never been nominated for an Emmy? 10 years of Friends and nothing?!) and Kaley Cuoco for The Big Bang Theory.

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
  • Connie Britton, Friday Night Lights
  • Mirielle Enos, The Killing
  • Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order:SVU
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Elizabeth Moss, Mad Men

Hargitay’s nominated again? Really? Okay, not saying anything else because if I keep on typing in this category, I’m gonna go into a big rant asking why Anna Torv was snubbed (WHY???!!!)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

  • Ty Burrell, Modern Family
  • Chris Colfer, Glee
  • Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
  • Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
  • Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Holy Modern Family domination! That’s just crazy, but so deserved. And Ed O’Neill is included this year too, which is too perfect. Supporting Actor is such a tough category, so I knew lots of actors would get shafted. But how did Neil Patrick Harris, who’s been the main actor from HIMYM to get nominated previous years, including for some not so great seasons, get left out this year for a fantastic season? It just doesn’t make sense. Also Jason Segel got some great material to work with this season as well. Other snubs: Danny Pudi for Community, Nick Offerman for Parks and Recreation

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA

  • Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age
  • Josh Charles, The Good Wife
  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Walter Goggins, Justified
  • John Slattery, Mad Men

For the time being, seeing as though it’s the only show of the bunch I’ve seen, I’m throwing my support to Dinklage for his role in Thrones. Annndd let’s just not mention John Noble’s snub….

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Julie Bowen, Modern Family
  • Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
  • Jane Lynch, Glee
  • Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
  • Betty White, Hot in Cleveland
  • Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

As much as I love Jane Lynch and Glee, it’s totally going to one of the Modern Family ladies. It would’ve been a lot better however, if Busy Phillips was nominated for Cougar Town or Alison Brie for Community, but that’s just me.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

  • Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
  • Michelle Forbes, The Killing
  • Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
  • Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
  • Margo Martindale, Justified
  • Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife

I’m pretty sure these were all expected nominations, so good for them! 🙂

BEST REALITY-SHOW COMPETITION

  • The Amazing Race
  • American Idol
  • Dancing With the Stars
  • Project Runway
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Top Chef

Oh. My. God. Did SYTYCD really get nominated for the first time??!!! YESSSS!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love TAR, I’m on good terms with DWTS, I wasn’t so fond of Idol, and I don’t watch Runway or Top Chef, BUT SYTYCD completely deserved this nomination after a great season 7. Hell, they deserve to win!

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

  • Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
  • Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
  • Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
  • Jeff Probst, Survivor
  • Ryan Seacrest, American Idol

I CAN STOP COMPLAINING!!! CAT DEELEY IS FINALLY FRICKIN’ NOMINATED!!!!!! One thing I love from this set of nominations? Tom Bergeron tweeting this gem: “I’m honored to be nominated for the Jeff Probst Award. I hope Cat Deeley kicks his ass!!” Couldn’t agree with him more.

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Mark Ballas, DWTS – Jive: “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”/Viennese Waltz: “Hedwig’s Theme”/Slow Waltz: “My Love”
  • Mia Michaels, SYTYCD – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”/”This Bitter Earth”/”When We Dance”
  • Stacey Tookey, SYTYCD – “Mad World”/”Sundrenched World”/”Heaven Is A Place on Earth”
  • Travis Wall, SYTYCD – “Collide”/”How It Ends”/”Fix You”
  • Tabitha & Napoleon Dumo, SYTYCD – “Scars”/”Fallin'”/”Outta Your Mind”
  • Mandy Moore, SYTYCD – “Oh Yeah”/”Boogie Shoes”/”I Surrender”

So happy for Mark’s and Travis’ nominations! And I totally called it – NappyTabs nominated for “Outta Your Mind!” Hip hop usually doesn’t win, but I so hope they do this year because those 3 routines were simply outstanding, not to mention, the other great routines they did last season. I would’ve thought that Derek Hough might’ve been nominated for the routines he did with Jennifer Grey in Season 11 but I guess not (it could’ve easily just been my love for Derek making that assumption ahaha)

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC & LYRICS

  • Family Guy, “Christmastime is Killing Us”
  • Robert Klein: Unfair & Unbalanced, “An American Prayer – Hymn II?”
  • SNL, “I Just Had Sex”
  • SNL, “Justin Timberlake Monologue”
  • SNL, “Jack Sparrow”
  • SNL, “3 Way (The Golden Rule)”

Let’s see, how can Andy Samberg or Justin Timberlake lose? Beyond my obvious bias, I think Justin’s monologue is gonna take it.

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

  • Idris Elba, The Big C
  • Nathan Lane, Modern Family
  • Zach Galifianakis, SNL
  • Justin Timberlake, SNL
  • Matt Damon, 30 Rock
  • Will Arnett, 30 Rock

Because I would really ever vote against Justin.

OUTSTANDING GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

  • Kristin Chenoweth, Glee
  • Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Glee
  • Cloris Leachman, Raising Hope
  • Tina Fey, SNL
  • Elizabeth Banks, 30 Rock

I knew Paltrow was gonna get nominated! There was no way all that hoopla surrounding her singing and whatnot was going unnoticed. She’s totally gonna win, sorry Tina Fey.

For a complete list of all the nominees, check out Emmys.com